'Omnipresent' signs demonstrating the effects of human impact on England's landscape have been revealed by researchers from the University of Leicester.
Many animal species suffer reduced reproductive success in urban habitats, despite wide-spread supplementation of breeding and feeding opportunities. In some years, the breeding success of city birds is devastatingly low. Biologists have now shown conclusively that in urban blue tits, reduced breeding success is linked to poor nestling diet and in particular to scarcity of caterpillars, their preferred nestling food.
Flower-rich habitats are key to maintaining the vital pollination services of bumblebees, results from a large DNA study of wild bumblebee populations has revelaed, and this will help farmers and policy makers manage the countryside more effectively to provide for these vital but declining pollinators.
Targets for certain waterlife like mayfly larvae and shrimps to be present in Hampshire rivers are being set jointly by the Environment Agency and a fish conservation charity, and it is a move that could inspire river management nationwide.
The last living remains of an ancient sponge species, which built the foundations of the contemporary European landscape, are to to be offered protection.
Scientists working with the charity Salmon & Trout Conservation UK have discovered the non-native demon shrimp Dikerogammarus haemobaphes in both slow and fast flowing UK rivers, and they fear this could be disastrous for the future of our native aquatic wildlife.
Students can now study coral reefs in real time from the perspective of a diver's mask without even getting wet!
Oceana research has revealed a surprisingly high biodiversity in the British waters of the North Sea, but it is at risk if current fishery, pollution and development practices continue.
A study of wrasse in Italian waters has provided the first evidence of ocean acidification's impact on the reproductive behaviour of wild fish.
Scientists believe they may have discovered that opportunistic but risky wandering is the reason why common starfish are prone to mass beach strandings during strong wind and tide conditions.